Bowling helps Collins feel young

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Bowling helps Collins feel young

AMHERST It doesnt matter if your 20, 40, 60 or 88, youre never too old to get back into shape.

For Lorway Collins, the proof is in the bowling.

The 88-year-old Amherst man has been bowling off and on for the last 20 years but started bowling steady five years ago and hasnt looked back.

Five years ago I had a problem with high cholesterol and borderline diabetes, Collins said. I was on the medication for the high cholesterol and after one year of bowling, my cholesterol went down to normal and its been normal ever since. I never had to go back on my medication.

His doctor couldnt believe the progress he made.

My physician, Dr. Harrison, said, I dont know what it is about bowling but it sure worked wonders for you. No matter whatever you do, dont stop bowling.

Collins had his blood work done recently and all signs are positive. He said the secret to longevity is to stay active.

I know a lot of seniors who say they cant wait to retire and they retire and buy a reclining chair and the first thing you know they have high blood pressure and they become candidates for diabetes.

Collins said more seniors should get out and bowl.

He bowls Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at King Pin Bowling in Amherst.

If he could he be in here three times a day, seven days week, hed be here. owner, operator of King Pin Bowling Doug Thompson said. He loves bowling.

Walking also helps keep him in shape - and cutting back on the calories.

I cut way back on bread, Collins said. My wife made her own bread and I was having three slices with every meal. Now I have one slice for breakfast and maybe one for supper - and I cut back on sweets.

He also doesnt drink alcohol or smoke.

I had a brother who died at 62, Collin said. All his life he was a chain smoker.

Collins doesnt plan on going down that path any time soon; he still has a lot of bowling to do.

Geographic location: AMHERST

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